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Antisocial Behaviour: Motor Vehicles

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for further legal sanctions against antisocial vehicle behaviour; and if he will make a statement. [123241]

Mr. McNulty: The range of enforcement powers and penalties which are currently available to address antisocial vehicle use are simple to use and when employed appropriately are effective in stopping nuisance. There are no plans at present to introduce new legal sanctions to address this problem.

Children: Protection

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets his Department sets for police activity on child protection. [123777]

Mr. McNulty: There are no current targets for police activity on child protection. However, the Home Office is working with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), Department for Education and Skills (DfES), Department of Health (DoH) and Centrex to explore what indicators might be developed for the police in their role as child abuse investigators.

Community Policing: Manpower

Mr. Scott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers were in post in each police authority in England and Wales in the last three years for which figures are available. [124216]

Mr. Coaker: The available data are given in the table.


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Police community support officer strength( 1) (FTE)( 2) by police force as at 30 September 2004 to 30 September 2006
Police force 30 September 2004 30 September 2005 30 September 2006

Avon and Somerset

82

146

182

Bedfordshire

26

43

47

Cambridgeshire

56

92

125

Cheshire

47

77

77

Cleveland

75

86

111

Cumbria

6

19

27

Derbyshire

0

43

56

Devon and Cornwall

57

75

158

Dorset

22

56

72

Durham

36

72

90

Essex

80

193

296

Gloucestershire

49

62

94

Greater Manchester

198

264

321

Hampshire

0

23

103

Hertfordshire

75

135

165

Humberside

0

20

112

Kent

58

103

100

Lancashire

115

159

224

Leicestershire

54

119

155

Lincolnshire

46

78

134

London, City of

0

14

8

Merseyside

90

161

214

Metropolitan Police

1,810

2,053

2,681

Norfolk

55

67

102

Northamptonshire

27

38

62

Northumbria

51

143

164

North Yorkshire

46

69

85

Nottinghamshire

69

112

155

South Yorkshire

57

125

126

Staffordshire

13

62

103

Suffolk

15

33

46

Surrey

77

102

161

Sussex

183

231

274

Thames Valley

7

109

134

Warwickshire

43

56

61

West Mercia

67

86

170

West Midlands

40

247

348

West Yorkshire

264

433

505

Wiltshire

28

38

85

Dyfed-Powys

4

24

30

Gwent

26

81

97

North Wales

5

61

76

South Wales

65

116

181

Total England and Wales

4,125

6,323

8,517

(1) This table contains full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.
(2) Full-time equivalent includes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.

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Crime

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to reclassify crimes involving cash and valuables in transit from business crime to a category of serious crime; and if he will make a statement. [124207]

Mr. Coaker: The Home Office Classification of Offences for Criminal Statistics has no category of ‘serious’ and currently there are no plans to change this.

The Government recognise the seriousness of cash and valuables in transit (CVIT) robbery and the impact these attacks have on both victims and witnesses. We are currently working hard with stakeholders to establish a cross-industry response to the problem. We are planning a national stakeholder conference in April which will build on the recommendations for action from a London conference to be held on 7 March. Our intention is to develop a programme that will address all aspects of CVIT deliveries.

The Serious Organised Crime Agency will continue to work closely with local forces on CVIT crime, providing tactical and operational support where appropriate.

Crime: Lancashire

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many alcohol-related crimes were committed in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years. [124877]

Mr. Coaker: Police Recorded Crime statistics do not specify whether alcohol was an aggravating factor in an offence unless specifically stated.

The offence of ‘causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs (offence code 4.6)’ is recorded together with ‘causing death by dangerous driving (offence code 4.4)’. An individual breakdown of figures within these classifications is not available.

The available combined figures for offence codes 4.4 and 4.6 are given in the following tables.

Table A: Numbers of offences (code 4.4 and 4.6) recorded for Lancashire police force area, 1996 to 1997
Offences recorded

1996

9

1997

4

Note:
Police crime statistics were recorded on a calendar year basis up to 1997 and thereafter on a financial year basis.

Table B: Numbers of offences (code 4.4 and 4.6) recorded for Lancashire police force area, 1998-99 to 2001-02
Offences recorded

1998-99

6

1999-2000

5

2000-01

2

2001-02

9

Note:
An expanded offence coverage and revised set of counting rules were introduced in April 1998. Figures recorded before and after this date are therefore not directly comparable.

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Table C: Numbers of offences (Code 4.4 and 4.6) recorded for Lancashire police force area, 2002-03 to 2005-06
Offences recorded

2002-03

5

2003-04

12

2004-05

6

2005-06

10

Note:
Numbers of recorded crime were affected by changes in reporting and recording following the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) in April 2002. These data are not directly comparable with earlier years.

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